When the Harris Poll first asked American fans to identify their favorite sports, the NFL beat baseball by one point, 24 to 23.
Nearly 30 years later, the final score looks like a 70s-era Super Bowl.
Via Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, the latest Harris Poll has the NFL winning a 35-11 blowout over baseball — despite the incessant hand wringing by some in the media regarding the looming death of football due to a concussion crisis that has done nothing to scare grown men away from the risks of playing pro football, which still pays far better than far more grievous risks of harm that folks willingly assume all the time.
College football comes in third at 11 percent, with auto racing at seven percent. The NBA is fifth at six percent, the NHL has five percent, and college basketball managed a mere three percent.
The poll asks only for the favorite sport, not every sport a fan follows. Most fans follow multiple sports.
Still, pro football continues to be the king. Long live it.